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Jan 15, 2013 04:33 PM

Boston Wine Expo - is it worth attending?

Thinking about getting tickets for the Boston Wine Expo next month. Is it over-crowded and almost impossible to get up to the booths?

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  1. Not the times I've gone.

    But some years have better vendors than others.

    I haven't been for 3 years, though.

    1. FYI, you can get a half price ticket on

      1. I went once years ago. Had fun, glad I went, won't be back. It's not curated the way a good wine shop is, it's more like an open flea market. Some good stuff, lots of dreck, but a good and educational overview.

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        1. re: jajjguy

          the dreck has increased exponentially over the years and unless you have a trade pass and can go early, the place becomes a mob scene of people pushing and shoving and just getting s**t-faced. trying to get their money's worth, don'tcha know.

          in past years it has always fallen on a football sunday, which made the "hurry up and get drunk" mindset much worse. this year it's valentine's weekend, so perhaps won't be as krazee.

          1. re: hotoynoodle

            You reminded me, I did have a trade pass (via a friend) and noted the sudden change as the public entered.

            1. re: jajjguy

              even with the benefit of a free trade pass i have stopped going.

              1. re: hotoynoodle

                I go every year because I just must taste Beringer's newest offerings. It's the only place you can find those rare gems.

        2. Haven't gone in years despite free passes. There are so many better options these days without submerging yourself in a sea of pushy drunks.

          It seems to have devolved into exactly what hotoynoodle describes.

          What's more, few of the small production wines I love to discover will be at an event like this. Find a good wine shop as Jajjguy suggests.